Faith VerLee ’81 Shives

Faith Joanne VerLee Shives passed from this life to her heavenly home on May 30, 2020 at home. She was born to Dr. James and Mary VerLee on January 8th, 1957 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She grew up in Niger Republic, West Africa where her parents were missionaries with SIM (then Sudan Interior Mission) and attended Kent Academy, Nigeria. Faith was a graduate of Royal Oak Dondero High School, Hope College, majoring in German and Pontiac School of Business where she honed her secretarial skills. She loved music and had a passionate love for animals, especially cats. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Northville. All through her life she faced many physical challenges with courage. Faith is survived by her mother Mary VerLee, and siblings Alice (Tom) Anderson, Donald VerLee, Dr. Peter (Patricia) VerLee and Theodore VerLee, eleven nieces and nephews, a large extended family and Mark Shives.

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